RAWESOME Accusers Faked Academic Credentials

June 8, 2012

7 Jun (NATURALNEWS) – I am very saddened to bring you this report today. Following the publication of our investigative story about Sharon Palmer (Healthy Family Farms), James Stewart (Rawesome Foods), Aajonus Vonderplanitz (vocal critic of Sharon Palmer) and Larry Otting (title owner of the land on which the farm operates), we received what can only be called a flood of tips (and documents) from our readers. The irrefutable conclusion from these documents, shown below, is that Aajonus Vonderplanitz, PhD, has been using phony academic credentials. His “doctorate in nutrition” was acquired from a diploma mill.  

This saddens me for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that Aajonus was, at one point, instrumental in advocating raw dairy consumption in California, and now that the truth about his academic credentials has come to light, it will be used by raw milk critics to further attack the industry. Aajonus was also a nutritional consultant who taught people to “think outside the box” when it came to food choice. Although his “Primal Diet” of consuming raw, rotten meat seems bizarre to many people, he at least taught people to question the official lies of the USDA and the CDC on issues like food safety. I don’t agree with most of Aajonus’ conclusions on diet and nutrition, but I do agree with his questioning of the status quo.  

But perhaps the most disturbing realization in all this is that Aajonus’ illegitimate academic credentials will no doubt be cited by states across the country which seek to criminalize nutritional consultation services and require state licensing for all nutritionists. This has already been attempted in North Carolina, where nutrition blogger Steve Cooksey was threatened by the state with jail time for urging people to eat specific foods for diabetes.   

For more on this story, please visit  NATURAL NEWS. 

Questions about “Doctor” Vonderplanitz’ credibility don’t end there.  


Vonderplanitz, AKA John Richard Swigart, was born and raised in Ohio.  He claims in a 2010 interview (below) that he was born a Rainman-like autistic savant whose computer skills were exploited (in his early years) to write computer code for several companies from a two-room Beverly Hills home.   This would have been about the time that a film and music editor of the same name (Swigart)received credit for this minor movie production.  Vonderplanitz wrote two books “We Want to Live (1997) and The Recipe for Living Without Disease (2002) and, in 2011, produced a film called “The Third Eye” (2011). 

In various reports, he claims to have acted in the daytime soap “General Hospital”, although IMDB does not corroborate this.  Other stories make it hard to understand how police and prosecutors found any credibility in his claims:  

“When I was a fruitarian, ejaculatory orgasm was pleasurable but exhausting,” Vonderplanitz explains with the same matter-of-fact tone he will employ in a detailed discussion of bowel movements following dinner. “I got depressed and irritable if I had regular ejaculations.” I suddenly have an urge to invoke the ”table talk” rule, but I can’t get my jaw off the ground fast enough to high-jack the conversation and head Vonderplanitz off his unusual prescription for the boudoir blues. “Now that I consume so much raw protein and fat,” he continues, “I enjoy sex from one to six hours daily and have up to three ejaculations. I finally feel like I have achieved heaven on earth.” The Healthy Butcher (2008)

Viewers can decide whether Vonderplanitz is credible or not: